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Apple’s upcoming 5.5-inch screen-toting iPhone 6 will feature optical image stabilisation (OIS) technology, reports suggest, marking it out as a higher–end device than the rumoured smaller 4.7–inch model.

According to analysts John Vinh and Kevin Chen of Pacific Crest Securities, Apple will use the cutting-edge tech to make the iPhone 6 phablet stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace. OIS is significantly better than the auto-focus tools found on most smartphones.

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Previous rumours have pointed to Apple using OIS modules produced by specialist firm InvenSense. The current iPhone range does not use specific modules and instead features software designed to prevent the blurring effects caused by shaking hands.

Nokia already uses OIS in its top–end Lumia phones and the tech is already becoming widespread. Given that Apple has seemingly never been that fussed about upping megapixel count and instead focuses on lens tech to improve the iPhone's camera, OIS could be a smart bet for the iPhone 6.

Chen and Vinh also claim that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will use NFC tech for sharing data. However, with Apple having held out against the contactless technology for so long, we think this may well prove to be one prediction too far.

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